In my last post, I listed eleven ways to minimize fear. In this post, I would like to delve deeper into the most troublesome aspect of fear … panic attacks!
Two years ago, I experienced a series of panic attacks over a two week period that in many ways, changed my life. They certainly changed my perspective on the neurological condition I’m experiencing! Two things [beliefs] were at the root of these attacks. First, was my growing concern over my increasing lack of mobility and the fear that I would become completely immobile. Second, was the fear that my throat was going to constrict to the point where I would require feeding tubes. I had read about this while researching my condition.
Three things helped me to overcome the panic attacks. First, was the understanding that they are connected to adrenal fatigue and therefore, an adrenal supplement is necessary. Second, was an understanding that panic attacks are simply fear wanting to leave the body, which is actually a good thing. Third, I went to see my neurologist who assured me that my throat would not constrict and that I would not require feeding tubes. He explained that the reason I was having difficulty swallowing is that the muscles in the back of my throat we’re not moving food as easily from my mouth to my esophagus. He recommended taking smaller bites of food, chewing them thoroughly and swallowing them with liquid if necessary. This was an enormous relief!
One other thing helped me through this experience, and that was learning that fear is at the root of this neurological condition. This was a critical understanding because it changed my approach and recovery protocol. Most importantly, it helped me understand that my increasing lack of mobility wasn’t because the disease was progressing, it was because I was becoming increasingly fearful.
What to do if you’re having a panic attack:
First, remind yourself that this is just a feeling, created by a detrimental thought. It is the same as a thought that causes us to feel happy. It just doesn’t feel as good. This thought has put your body in the fight or flight response mode which has created a sudden burst of adrenaline and cortisol, And that is why you’re feeling panicky. Your body thinks it is about to be eaten by a lion. These hormones will eventually return to their normal levels. Think of it as like having the flu and the panic attack is like throwing up. It is a very unpleasant feeling but once it is over, you feel better.
Also, if it is not readily apparent, ask yourself what is it you are so afraid of? In my case, the initial panic attack was triggered by the thought [fear] that I would become completely immobile. Then ask yourself, do I know with 100% certainty that whenever it is I’m afraid of will happen. For example, do I know for certain that I will become completely immobile. The answer of course is no, because I cannot say for certain that I will become immobile. Then ask yourself, even if what I’m afraid of was to come true, would I be okay? Could I go on living? The answer for me, was yes. I would be okay and I would go on living.
The idea is not to stop the panic attack or suppress it, but rather to let it run its natural course. Let it go!
Second, take an adrenal supplement. My personal preference is Natural Factors Stress Relax Serenity Formula, which can be purchased on Amazon.
Third, take some Bach Flower Essence Rescue Remedy. This stuff is very powerful and works wonderfully!
Fourth, go for a walk. Fresh air and a walk helps me enormously.
The key, is not to be afraid of the panic attack, but rather to know that it is part of the process and it is just an extreme expression of fear.
Fifth, remind yourself that for every difficult situation you face, there’s always, always a solution. Whatever it is that you are scared of that is causing a panic attack can be overcome. There’s always a solution!
How to prevent panic attacks long=term:
First, work on eliminating the detrimental beliefs that are at the root of your fears. For instance, if you have been told that you have the neurological condition called parkinson’s disease, you probably believe that it is degenerative, progressive and incurable. This is simply not true! Many people have made full recoveries! What you have, is a condition where your brain has stopped producing dopamine and serotonin because your body is chronically producing adrenaline and cortisol because it is in a chronic state of fight or flight.
Second, examine your diet. Eliminate sugary foods, processed foods, alcohol and any other foods and substances that can affect your blood sugar level. Add coconut oil and sauerkraut to your diet.
Third, get plenty of exercise and a good night’s sleep.
Fourth, stop reading the newspaper and watching the evening news, and stop watching violent, dark, scary movies and television. Immerse yourself and joyful, feel good entertainment!
Fifth, practice meditation, qigong, tai chi, yoga or any other calming activity that helps put your mind at rest.
Sixth, practice living in the present moment and immerse yourself in gratitude!
Panic attacks are not to be feared. Rather, they are meant to bring awareness to the fear we’re holding onto and the lifestyle changes we need to implement an order to recover our health.
Have an awesomely tranquil day!